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'Facebook Angels' make Christmas brighter for many in Floyd County

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A group in Floyd County is using social media to provide what they call Christmas miracles for some in their community.

It started as a simple question five years ago. "If we put it on social media, would people actually come through? Would people actually have the Christmas heart, the Christmas cheer of making that miracle happen for people in nursing homes, adult crisis centers, and kid crisis centers," explains Brent Graden.

Now, each year around Thanksgiving Graden posts wish lists on Facebook for residents at nursing homes and crisis centers in Floyd County...almost instantly folks begin commenting picking a name to provide a little Christmas miracle for.

Graden says, "We got together a list, we checked it twice and now we can officially say we have 175 gifts here ready to give out."

They call themselves 'Facebook Angels', and through the power of social media this year's angels come from eight different states.

"To do that on today's social media where you read about some of the different things that happen, some of them not so good...this definitely one of the better things and it definitely is something good to show my kids," says Graden.

Wish lists of lotion, socks, blankets...items that do not cost a lot but the 'Facebook Angels' say bring more joy than money could ever buy.

Marlene, a resident at Riverview Health Care says, "What Christmas is really all about is right here."

With some help from Santa Claus, they not only deliver gifts but also deliver one of the greatest gifts and it does not come in a package.

Riverview Quality of Life Director, Missy Crider says, "Important to have the community come in and visit so they know they haven't been forgotten."

Using social media, to make Christmas a little brighter.

The 'Facebook Angels' will be making a list for next year, visit the link listed for more information.


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